Michael R. Sahagian
Attorney at Law

Hourly Rate/ Retainer

There is one question everyone has in the back of their mind as they are seeking out the right attorney for their case:  What does it cost?  

As a private attorney, Mr. Sahagian has an hourly rate of $350.00.  What is included in his hourly rate? A full time paralegal; attentive legal care; the cost of postage, copies, etc.; a private office space for meetings, depositions, mediation, arbitration; and the dedicated work of a single attorney - no passing your case off to a Junior Associate once you have retained Mr. Sahagian.  The attorney you meet is the only attorney who will work on your case  All of those "extras" are built into his hourly rate, so you won't get a surprise billing for any of the above, as you may find yourself receiving from other law offices.

As you search around for attorneys you will find the word "retainer" coming up, and you begin to find yourself asking:  What is a retainer?

A retainer is a nice way of saying that you pay for a certain amount of an attorney's time up front in order for them to take the case.  This is called having an attorney "formally retained."  With this law practice, a typical retainer for a basic case starts between 10 and 20 hours of Mr. Sahagian's time.  If the case has complicating factors, or if you are charged with a major crime, then the retainer goes up from there.  In the alternative, some cases only need minor representation and Mr. Sahagian can be retained for less than 10 hours.  This is all decided on a case by case basis, and Mr. Sahagian is happy to ballpark your retainer for you over the phone.

What about a fixed rate?  There are a handful of case types which are done in this office at a fixed rate.  Please feel free to give us a call to discuss those fees.  The areas for which we offer a flat rate are as follows:

  • Adoption
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • DUII/DWI
  • Expungement
  • Personal Injury
  • Wills/Trusts/Estate Planning